A study by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology about the effects of radiation exposure on human health will be abandoned by year end. The study uses health data of public-sector employees exposed to radiation after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant of Tokyo Electric Power Co. It was designed to follow, for an extended period of time, the health of about 1,000 police officers and others who engaged in operations inside the plant. However, according to the ministry, it failed to obtain cooperation from the Ministry of Defense and fire departments, which are cautious about disclosing data concerning radiation exposure.
A total of 700 million yen was allocated for the study since 2011, but no money will be included for the study in the 2017 budget.